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Pasatiempo - - Pasa Tempos - — Rob DeWalt

Sin-atra ( Ar­moury Records) In 2008, Ar­moury Records re­leased We Wish You a Metal

Christ­mas, a col­lec­tion of tra­di­tional Xmas songs that were given a metal makeover by some of the in­dus­try’s heav­i­est hit­ters, in­clud­ing Ron­nie James Dio, Alice Cooper, and Black Sab­bath’s Tony Iommi. For Sin-atra, Wendy Dio (R.J. Dio’s widow) re­turns as al­bum co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. This time, she’s got Ol’ Blue Eyes in her sights — al­beit with some less rec­og­niz­able con­trib­u­tors, like gui­tarist Devin Townsend of Cana­dian band Strap­ping Young Lad; Doug Kat­saros of ’ 80s pop-rock group Bal­ance (he’s also recorded with Si­na­tra, Kiss, and … Michael Bolton); for­mer Poi­son/Mr. Big gui­tarist Richie Kotzen; and for­mer Ju­das Pri­est front­man Tim Owens. Cheap Trick singer Robin Zan­der, Twisted Sis­ter’s Dee Snider, and Dug Pin­nick of King’s X also make an ap­pear­ance, but for the most part, the guest list isn’t as thrilling as the Christ­mas al­bum’s. If you con­sider Frank Si­na­tra, his mu­sic, and his le­gend sa­cred, this CD and its shoddy ar­range­ments will make you want to stab your­self in the ear canals with a dull pen­cil and then go af­ter the vo­cal­ists who half­heart­edly con­trib­ute here. While liner notes make it clear that par­tic­i­pat­ing artists share a rev­er­ence for Si­na­tra as “the orig­i­nal rock star,” cov­ers of songs like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Strangers in the Night,” and “That’s Life” sug­gest that this al­bum was thrown to­gether hastily for a March 29 re­lease — just in time for April Fool’s Day.

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